Mary Shelley

10 Quotes from the Distinguished Mary Shelley

I have to say, one of my fondest memories of college was when my professor (Professor English and yes that was his name) assigned us to read Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. The dark and beautiful work has stood the test of time and become one of the most famous works of literature the world has seen. It simply came from a competition amongst peers as to who could write the best horror story. Shelley even published it anonymously; it wasn’t until the second edition that everyone discovered it was her.


This woman broke boundaries and her success ran even with her husband’s, which, at that time, was surprising. Today is her 221st birthday, but this author should have a special place in our memory no matter what day it is. Here are ten quotes by the distinguished Mary Shelley.


1. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”



2. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”



3. “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”



4. “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”



5. “I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”



6. “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”



7. “The beginning is always today.”



8. “The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”



9. “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”



10. “The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”




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